Friday, March 22, 2013



A three-member delegation of the Members of the Board of Management, University of Horticultural Sciences, Bagalkot, Karnataka, visited the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) today to have the perspective of the farm varsity and gain knowledge about various aspects of agriculture. The delegation was led by Dr D.R. Patil, Professor of Fruit Science and Head, Horticultural Research Station, Bijapur, Karnataka; and comprised members namely Dr R.C. Hallikevi and Dr S.D. Sampath Samrajya.

The visiting delegates interacted with the senior officials of the PAU including Dr S.S. Gosal, Director of Research; Dr H.S. Sehgal, Additional Director of Communication; Dr P.S. Aulakh, Director, Punjab Horticultural Post-Harvest Technology Centre (PHPTC); Dr (Mrs) J.K. Sangha, Additional Director of Research (Food Science, Nutrition and Engineering); Dr J.S. Mahal, Additional Director of Research (Farm Mechanization and Bio-Energy) and heads of various departments of the University.

The delegation member, Dr Patil while presenting an overview of the University of Horticultural Sciences, Bagalkot, Karnataka; said that their visit to PAU aims at studying this University of national repute and learn about major thrust areas of research, important technologies, and path-breaking research outcomes. The delegates interacted with the PAU experts and sought information on agri-engineering, food processing, and value addition.

Presenting the research highlights of the PAU, Dr Gosal said that to diversify from the paddy crop, the University is focusing on the development of crop varieties of maize, pulses, fruits, vegetables, and oilseeds. Referring to the horticultural crops i.e. fruits, vegetables and flowers, he told that the Punjab state is producing nearly 36 lakh tonnes of vegetables. "Among fruit crops, the production of kinnow is about 9 lakh tonnes whereas that of guava is nearly 1.7 lakh tonnes," informed Dr Gosal, saying that the state is also exporting flowers such as chrysanthemum, petunia, ice plant, etc. Highlighting that the protected cultivation of vegetables including cucumber, bell pepper, and tomato is picking up in the state, he told that drip irrigation and fertigation technologies are also in great demand.

Earlier, welcoming the dignitaries and the delegates, Dr Sehgal said that the PAU is one of the premiere institutions of the country which has done commendable work in research, teaching and transfer of technology programmes. Giving brief details of the organizational set-up of the PAU, he highlighted that the eminent dignitaries of the country and the state have lauded the University for its tremendous contributions to the national food kitty.

The delegation visited PHPTC and the Departments of Food Science and Technology; and Processing and Food Engineering of PAU.
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